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‘Common target’: Only 10 per cent of Australian universities automatically blocking fraudulent emails

Universities are a target for both criminal hackers and state actors because of their intellectual property, sensitive contact details and early access to potential political or security figures. Loading Cyber security firm Proofpoint has analysed the top 20 Australian universities to see which ones have adopted cyber security protocols that …

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Major banks to stop accepting COVID-19 mortgage holiday applications

A home loan deferral, also called a mortgage holiday, allows borrowers to put their usual repayments on pause. During this period, interest and fees are added to the loan, which increases the outstanding balance. In general, the length of the loan is extended so when a borrower starts repaying they …

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Calm acceptance marks Melania Trump’s last days as first lady

“She has hours left as first lady, but she is not the type to wander around the rooms of the White House in deep reflection of what happened, of what could have been,” said one person in touch with her. “She is Melania – she keeps the focus on what’s …

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Deadly crash on Japan highway involves more than 130 vehicles

Tokyo: One person has been killed and at least 17 injured in a massive pile-up of at least 134 vehicles in blizzard conditions on a highway in northern Japan, officials say. About 200 people were stranded on Tuesday in the pile-up, which forced the closure of the Tohoku Expressway in …

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New York Mets fire general manager over explicit text messages to reporter

According to the report, Porter, at the time serving as the Chicago Cubs’ director of professional scouting, sent the reporter more than 60 texts, some of which included compliments and offers to meet her in person in different cities. Another text included a photo of pants with a bulging groin …

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Thousands of elderly wait more than 28 months for access to high-needs home care packages

The report’s aged care services section shows the average wait time for home care packages fell slightly in 2019-20 compared to the previous year. Loading Access to approved level one packages took six months, down from seven months in 2018-19. But more than 14,000 people approved for high-needs level four …

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Australian boarding school bubble proposed to stop children quarantining alone

Loading “I had a huge decision to make, whether to submit my children to incarceration versus returning to school,” said one Singapore-based mother, who asked not to be named to avoid identifying her children. “Throw in lack of flights, expense of travel … it has been a very stressful and …

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‘It evaporated overnight’: Sydney tourism operators face another 12 months of hardship

Health Department Secretary Brendan Murphy has warned it is unlikely that Australia’s borders will open for widespread overseas travel this year as NSW counts the cost state border closures and travel restrictions are having on local tourism. Loading Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Treasurer Dominic Perrottet have urged other states to …

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Numb to COVID’s carnage, tennis stars learning fast about Australia’s foreign fight

They rarely gain a meaningful appreciation for a place or its people beyond the surface. All they know is what little they see on their narrow path around the globe; maybe a handful of the more curious ones will occasionally click a news article link when it pops onto their …

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Extra car trips, more congestion, slower speeds: the COVID impact on commuting

But Infrastructure Victoria said the answer was not to push commuters back onto trains and trams, which did not properly cater for social distancing. On Monday, when 50 per cent of private sector workers and 25 per cent of public servants were allowed to return to the office, public transport …

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